Three Utes, including sophomore guard Danielle Rodriguez, received All-Academic Honorable Mention recognition from the Pac-12.
March 26, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three members of the University of Utah women's basketball team were recognized with Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic Team Honorable Mention, as announced today by Commissioner Larry Scott.
"I'm very pleased for our three young women to be recognized academically in an incredible conference," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "To be recognized on the academic side is a great accomplishment for our players."
Sophomores Nakia Arquette and Danielle Rodriguez were voted to the honorable mention team for the first time, while senior forward Michelle Plouffe was selected to the honorable mention squad for the second straight season.
Arquette is majoring in Elementary Education played in 21 games before sustaining a knee injury. She set career highs with 12 points against Nevada on Dec. 7, 2013. She corralled a career-high 10 rebounds, set a new career best with three blocks and tied her career high with three assists to go with nine points against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 30, 2013.
Rodriguez is studying Business and finished the 2013-14 season third in the Pac-12 (128th in NCAA) with 4.3 assists per game, fourth (74th in NCAA) in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 133-71) and sixth in the Pac-12 in minutes played (35.3 mpg).
Plouffe is majoring in communications and was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Region 8 Team, both the coaches and media Pac-12 All-Conference Teams and to the league's all-defensive team by the coaches.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and either be a starter or a significant contributor.